A Dedicated Reader

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fast asleep with her head literally in her in book. Have I shared with you, dear reader, when JW was asking about what the word 'literally' means? We went back and forth a bit trying to get to the bottom of it and it eventually clicked. She turned to me and said 'So, I literally don't know what literally means'. Gold.
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Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.
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Doppelganger

Monday, March 30, 2015

 Mr Duyvken got this card from a friend for his birthday. In one of those weird little twists of life it really hits the mark. I have only been mistaken for someone 'famous' once in my life and they have a Mr Bean link.
I was standing on Central Station one afternoon on my way home from uni when a guy approached me and asked, sheepishly, if I was the actress who played Mr Bean's girlfriend. I didn't even know Mr Bean had a girlfriend and, before Google, how was one to easily find these things out?
A couple if year's later I was watching tv and one of the Irma Gobb episodes came on. There she was. Mr Bean's girlfriend. And you know what? I did look a lot like her!
Not flattering, but fair. Do you remember those doppelganger memes where everyone shares which famous person they look like and everyone looks like Reese Witherspoon or Liv Tyler or Esperanza Spalding? Not me, dear reader.


Awwww....

My Big and My Little

Sunday, March 29, 2015

G and Duckling reading Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd. What a lovely way to pass an afternoon.

Good Morning

Saturday, March 28, 2015

We're having a party tonight to celebrate Mr Duyvken's birthday and there are still lots of things to do so I am going to need a cup or two of coffee to help me through the day. It is hard to believe that this gorgeous little fellow is nearly 40 year's old.
This photo captures the beginning of his lifelong love of ice-cream. He stills grins like that now when he finds almond magnums in the freezer.

Duckling Dozes

Friday, March 27, 2015

Getting ready for family movie night. I don't think she'll make it, her lids are heavy and her breathing's light.

Coffee with Oma

Thursday, March 26, 2015

One of my favourite photos of 2015. Oma is much loved by the littlest duckling.
Oma isn't tall but she's not quite as short as this photo suggests. I like the miniaturisation effect of the tall counter, the beautiful way Oma is dressed and the duckling reaching out for her.

Garden

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


A ripening strawberry just out of reach is cruelty to magpies.

Home

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sick.

Blue Walls

Monday, March 23, 2015


Anchor

Friday, March 20, 2015

For pirates, seafarers, blackbirds and lovers.

New Chair

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This is my dad's desk. He and mum bought it in California in the late '70s when he was studying for his C.Phil at UCLA. It is a gorgeous desk and I feel very lucky to have it. The new chair hits the right mid-century danish design note even though it is mass produced in Vietnam. J sits here to do his homework and it makes me very happy to see him sitting here furiously scribbling away.
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Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.
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Out the Back

Wednesday, March 18, 2015



A clothesline full of washing and a kookaburra sitting on the rusting netball hoop that's hammered into one of the gums in the backyard. Sydney much?

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